So there we were, perched at the bar, ready for our well-deserved Friday martinis. After teasing our palates by taking time to decide our preferred gins (Tanq. No. Ten for Mr G, Sipsmith for Ms S), we nearly fell off our stools when our barman asked if we wanted them shaken or stirred.
Call us blase but when a bar takes the trouble to stock premium gins like Tanq 10, Plymouth, Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire and Sipsmith, we expect the guys behind it to know the essentials. Like martinis are never shaken, they’re always stirred.
Credit where it’s due though, our barman did his best to settle the startled looks on our faces by serving up two pretty decent drinks. Ms S was initially a bit miffed that hers came with a black olive rather than her preferred twist. Okay, she didn’t state her preference (such was her shock at the shaken or stirred question) but neither was she asked. Assumption is a dangerous thing. Particularly when it comes to martinis. Which brings us back to the beginning: funny he cared enough to ask about the method of preparation but not about the essential finish. Which is more important to you?